Weekend Date at Gasparilla Music Festival 2021

It’s music to our ears! The Gasparilla Music Festival returns April 29-30, 2023! This two-day music festival takes over Tampa Bay’s Curtis Hixon Park. Gasparilla Music Festival promises many opportunities for sipping, singing, noshing, and dancing with your sweetheart. Keep reading for the 2023 Gasparilla Music Festival lineup, delicious food, and other helpful info.

Tampa’s Gasparilla Music Festival is an affordable date option with eclectic tunes and food. The waterfront, outdoor venue sets the stage for your modern romance. Re-entry to the festival is a plus.

This music festival caps off Gasparilla season in Tampa Bay. And if you’re looking for a list of updated happenings and things to do in the Bay area – Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater – look no further than our constantly updated Things to Do post!

What is Gasparilla Music Festival????

The annual music fest is put on by the Gasparilla Music Foundation, a Florida 501(c)-3 non-profit corporation that supports music education through its Recycled Tunes program. The mission of Recycled Tunes is to enrich the lives of underserved and impoverished children in Tampa Bay by ensuring access to musical instruments. They also give students performance opportunities on the festival stages in front of large crowds.

GMF kicked off in 2012 in Downtown Tampa. This year’s festival will take place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on April 29-30, 2023 featuring musical acts from a wide variety of genres on several stages and cuisine from the region’s top restaurants, along with a Soundcheck Party on April 20.

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Gasparilla Music Festival 2023 Lineup

Here is the confirmed lineup as of April 13, 2023. Keep checking back for more acts to be announced!

Friday, April 20 – Soundcheck Party

Get ready for an electrifying night of music with Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph at the 2023 Soundcheck Party – the official launch party for the Gasparilla Music Festival! Countdown the days to GMF and get an early sneak peak of a new music venue coming to Ybor!

Where: 1920 E 7th Avenue (formerly Frankie’s Patio)
When: 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
Cost: $50. Click here to purchase GMF Soundcheck Tickets


Saturday, April 29- Festival Day One

Gates open at 1pm

Headliner: Run the Jewels

  • Chromeo
  • Cannons
  • Rising Appalachia
  • Big Head Todd & The Monsters
  • Flipturn
  • Shelby Sol
  • Pusha Preme
  • Summer Hoop
  • Rebekah Pulley & The Reluctant Prophets
  • Earthtonez Music Collective
  • Whale Feral
  • Mt Zion Gospel Choir

Sunday, April 30 – Festival Day Two

Gates open at 1pm

Headliner: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

  • The 502s
  • Local Natives
  • Rising Appalachia
  • Shevonne & The Force
  • Cope
  • Minim
  • George Pennington & The Odyssey
  • Tampa Metro Youth Orchestra


Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa
Image credit: Gasparilla Music Festival; photo by Blake Yeager Photography

Parking at Gasparilla Music Festival

Hourly parking for GMF 2023 is available in the areas:

  • Poe Garage
  • Curtis Hixon Garage
  • Fort Brooke Garage

Please see the Parking and Transportation page for more information.


Where to enter Gasparilla Music Festival 2023

If you’re wondering where to enter the event, here is a list of gates for each type of admission:

  • General Admission Gate 1: located on the Ashley St side of Curtis Hixon Park, by the Glazer Children’s Museum
  • General Admission Gate 2: situated on the Riverwalk (west side) of Curtis Hixon Park. This gate is for re-entry purposes only
  • VIP Ticket Holder Entrance: located on the northeast side of Curtis Hixon Park, across from the kid’s play area
  • Sponsor/Higher Ground Ticket Holder Entrance: situated on the north side of Curtis Hixon, between the Children’s Museum and the Museum of Art.


GMF 2023 Food Lineup

In addition to amazing musical acts, GMF will also have a fantastic lineup of some of Tampa’s best restaurants to keep you going throughout the day. Here are some of the participating restaurants who have been confirmed to be on-site so far.

  • Big Ray’s Fish Camp
  • Big Red BBQ
  • Cafe Hey
  • Cena
  • Chill Bros.
  • Coppertail Brewing Co.
  • Dough Nation
  • Elevage
  • Stuft Gourmet Empanadas
  • Kona Ice
  • Loli’s Mexican Cravings
  • Nebraska Mini Mart
  • Shadrach’s Firey Furnace
  • Whatever Pops

Tickets + Details

When: April 29-30, 2023
Where: Curtis Hixon Park
Cost: General admission single-day tickets are $50 and two-day tickets are $80. VIP single-day tickets are $125 and VIP two-day tickets are $200.

VIP tickets include VIP entrance into the festival, front of stage viewing at main stage, shade tents at two stages, exclusive VIP bar at the main stage, and air-conditioned attended restrooms.

You can also purchase GMF merchandise here. Produced by the non-profit Gasparilla Music Foundation, GMF proceeds support music education in Bay area schools.

  • Re-entry is allowed once you received your wristband.
  • Ticket and entry are voided if wristband is removed.
  • Rain or Shine.
  • No Refunds.
  • All artists and times subject to change or cancellation.

Changes to Expect at GMF 2023

Due to building issues in Kiley Gardens Park, there will be a few adjustments made to the festival’s layout. The main stage will be in Curtis Hixon, with additional stage(s) located nearby in downtown Tampa. Unfortunately, the Kids Fest will not be taking place due to the status of Kiley Gardens Park. However, kids aged 12 and under are still welcome to attend the festival and will receive FREE admission.

Visit gasparillamusic.com for the full lineup plus all of the Gasparilla Music Festival information you need to plan a music-filled weekend.


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